Dale Weaver Totten

Untitled (Woman in Green Dress Drinking Wine with Man in Suit)

Watercolor and ink.
Image and paper: 12 x 17 7/8 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT99
Signed by the artist in blue ink.
Woman in green dress sits in a red upholstered chair, holding a glass of wine and a cigarette, while a man in a grey suit stands next to her, also holding a glass of wine.

Dale Weaver Totten (1938–2008) developed a distinct artistic style throughout his prolific and diverse career, from when he began exhibiting his artwork around 1960, until after he worked for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. His later artworks include original watercolors and drawings, which he created independently, and were an extension of his professional experience. His subjects are ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, and through the fluid lines of his pen, the artist captures the essence of their movements and their place in time.

The figures of a man wearing a blue suit and a woman wearing a revealing electric green outfit dominate this picture. Totten plays with their forms artistically and fashions them so as to reveal the relationship and social interaction between the two. It is unclear how the man and woman know each other; however, reading their body language is telling. The woman’s posture is relaxed as she holds a cigarette in one hand and wine in the other, and she looks as if in the midst of turning to face the man, evidenced by her left leg lifted slightly off the ground and angled towards her companion. The man looks down at her with lips parted, probably in mid-speech or marveling at her beauty. His arm is draped around her and trails down her back.

The Dale Weaver Totten Collection is available exclusively at Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. You may read the artist’s biography here.

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